Many businesses benefit from outsourcing some or all of their recruitment function to a third-party specialist – not a recruitment agency but a managed recruitment services partner that works as part of your HR team to deliver better and more cost-effective talent acquisition. In this article, we examine the four main ways in which outsourced recruitment can support your HR team, saving you time and money.
1) A Problem Shared Is A Problem Halved
For your business to be effective, the recruitment process needs to be well-oiled, finely tuned, and perfectly calibrated. Often, however, it is littered with inefficiencies. Many recruitment inefficiencies are not the fault of the HR department, but rather they arise from issues such as a lack of time, a lack of resources, or a lack of access to a wide enough pool of talent. The results are candidates being turned away before stepping over the threshold, vacant positions gathering dust, and a frustrated HR team.
Dedicated recruitment partners are seasoned experts at finding the ideal candidates for your role. With access to the latest software, extensive digital and physical networks, and enough practice to operate like clockwork, a managed recruitment services provider is an efficient avenue of support during busy seasonal times or while expanding the business.
2) Embracing Diversity
Diversity sounds simple on paper, but in practice it can be very challenging to implement as part of a balanced talent acquisition strategy. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has offered the dismal prediction that the gender gap is unlikely to close before 2095, and the Office of National Statistics (ONS) claims that differently abled and ethnic minority employees are still significantly underrepresented in UK workplaces. There are many reasons for this, and unconscious bias is one of the most serious. Unconscious bias – which is where assumptions are made about a candidate – is almost impossible to eradicate from the recruitment process because, as the name suggests, HR personnel do not realise they are doing it.
Thankfully, managed recruitment service providers undergo extensive training to learn how to identify and overcome unconscious bias. Their completely neutral approach enables pure talent to shine through, which can help organisations to accelerate their diversification and enjoy the benefits.
3) Tackling Turnover
High staff turnover among permanent employees is always bad news. A revolving door of employees can dampen morale, reduce productivity, and impact efficiency, all of which may lead to diminished organisational performance. High turnover is also expensive, with companies wasting money on recruitment and training that is never put into practice. While some of the blame lies with organisational culture, errors in talent screening and recruitment, and inadequate onboarding are often the root causes of the issue. If the right people aren’t in the right roles, even the best employer will struggle with retention problems.
Managed recruitment partners are specialists at analysing, defining, and clarifying employment needs. This skillset is balanced with the right software, insight, and experience to ensure that the role is filled by the ideal candidate. For companies wishing to tackle turnover, the solution is both efficient and cost-effective.
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At Blue Octopus, we support HR departments to achieve their recruitment objectives with a range of tailored managed recruitment services. To find out more, please call one of our team today on 0113 532 3418.